French Resources: Noël en chansons, Commission scolaire des DraveursTuesday, November 22, 2011
This year, our school will be putting on a Christmas concert. Each class from Junior Kindergarten to grade 4 has been invited to perform a song and of course, I would love to include some performances in French. A number of years ago, I found a site that I still use to this day. They have since improved the design, and I'm proud to say that it is a Canadian site. It contains a number of wonderful holiday songs performed by students from ages 6-12 in the Draveurs School Board choir based in Gatineau, Québec. Their new site is called Noël en chansons.
The reason I love this site is because it contains over 24 songs on their Calendrier d'Avent and even more on Le Train de Noël. You can listen to each song as performed by the choir but the added bonus is that it comes with a karaoke-style video for students to follow along. You can set up your Smartboard for the whole class to follow along. The images are also quite cute. The little ones love it! One of my favourite Christmas songs that I discovered on this site is Noël Jazz. I've taught it from Grade 1-3 and I hope to have a class perform it this year. It really is a lot of fun!
You can still find classic holiday tunes such as the French version for O, Christmas Tree!, Joy to the World, Winter Wonderland, Silent Night and more. If you're not familiar with La tourtière by Lionel Daunais, I suggest you check that one. It has some really fun and silly lyrics and references to typical dishes from all over the world. Portugal is known for sardines and Toronto is known for... margarine? Ridiculously funny, no?
These songs can now be downloaded for offline access and you can even find lyrics to some of the songs. They also have a YouTube channel with some of these and other songs as well. I highly recommend you check out their songs. Their children's choir have beautiful voices. If you're an FSL teacher like me, I suggest printing out the website url for kids to access from home. It's a long one. Hope it comes in handy! And... joyeux Noël!